Drivers in Mississippi may find themselves feeling drowsy on the road despite their best intentions. That’s why it’s important to follow a few tips to avoid fatigue. The best way to prevent sleepiness behind the wheel is to get the recommended minimum of seven hours of sleep every night. Those who do so but still have problems should see a doctor because they may have a sleep disorder.

Individuals who take certain prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as antidepressants, antihistamines, blood pressure medications and sleep aids, will want to time their dosages just right so that they are not driving drowsy. A doctor could adjust the regimen for them.

In some cases, a passenger can help by conversing with the driver and keeping them alert. The companion could also drive for them as a last resort. If alone and taking a long trip, a motorist should take a break every two hours and pull over for a nap if symptoms of drowsiness arise. Symptoms include drooping eyelids, trouble staying in one’s lane and trouble remembering the last few exits. Naps should be no longer than 15 or 20 minutes, or else they will make drivers groggy. About 150 milligrams of caffeine can help wake drivers up.

A sleep-deprived driver can be held liable if they cause a car accident. A successful claim could cover a victim for past and future medical bills, missed wages and more. However, a victim may want a lawyer to help them because drowsy driving is hard to prove. The lawyer could bring in crash investigators and medical experts to build up the case before proceeding to negotiations.  If you think you’ve been injured by a drowsy driver,  contact George B. Ready to represent your interests.